The Kremlin also rejected the claim of Putin’s involvement. As part of a package designed to punish the Russian government, the Obama administration kicked dozens of Russian officials out of the country Thursday and closed two properties, including one on Maryland’s Eastern Shore , that the White House said have been used to gather intelligence. The administration sanctioned two Russian intelligence services and gave 35 government officials 72 hours to leave the country. A spokesman for Russian President Vladimir Putin told the Associated Press that Moscow regrets the new U.S. sanctions and will consider retaliatory measures. It’s not clear whether President-elect Donald Trump will maintain pressure on Russia once he takes office Jan. 20.